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What can cause chronic ear infections?

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Ear infections are a common condition, especially among children. Typically, these infections are acute and disappear within two to three days. But when the condition lasts long or recurs frequently, an ear infection can be referred to as chronic and needs immediate medical attention. Chronic ear infections can be frustrating and painful for those ...
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What is single sided deafness?

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Unilateral hearing loss is a condition in which one ear has a reduced ability to detect sounds. If the hearing loss in the affected ear is very severe, it is called single-sided deafness (SSD). A person suffering from SSD more or less only hears with one ear. Some people may think SSD is a mild condition with little impact on a person's quality of ...
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How does sublingual immunotherapy also known as allergy drops help treat allergies?

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How Do You Treat Allergies? As the sixth leading cause of chronic illness across the country, allergies affect over 50 million Americans annually. Despite the massive impact, medical advancements are making life easier for people suffering from this condition thanks to the different treatments available, including medications to treat allergy sympt...
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Better Hearing & Speech Month

Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every month could be Better Hearing & Speech Month...and we wanted to take this time to encourage anyone to take the first step with us and get a baseline hearing evaluation if there are concerns for hearing loss.  Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic conditions and on average people wait 7 to 10 years to take action!  With various interventions and treatment options to improve hearing and communication, there's no time like the present to take charge of your hearing!

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Swimmer's Ear & Swim Plug Solutions

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Every summer our Audiologists and ENTs manage one of the most common ear infections referred to as Swimmer's Ear (Also called Otitis Externa).  Otitis Externa is a bacterial infection usually caused by water that stays in the outer ear canal for an extended period of time, providing a moist environment for bacteria to grow. Anyone can get swimmer's ear, but it is most often seen in children.

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Noise Exposure & Hearing Protection

Noise Exposure & Hearing Protection

We experience a variety of sounds in our environment on a daily basis. Conversations with friends/family, listening to music, watching TV, running common household appliances, and/or listening to the birds outside– are normally at a safe listening level that cannot cause damage to your hearing.

Whether sounds are too loud for a brief time period or too loud for an extended period of time, they can be equally harmful for your hearing. These sounds can cause damage to the inner ear causing potential noise-induced hearing loss.

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Assistive Listening Devices

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Alternative Listening Devices (ALDs), are personal technologies that can help you communicate more effectively in difficult situations when your hearing aids aren't quite enough. If you are experiencing difficulties communicating with your hearing aids alone, the first step can be reading some of our tips for communicating with hearing loss. Next, talk to your Audiologist about the large variety of assistive listening devices (ALDs) and assistive listening systems (ALSs) that can better help you in both private and public settings.

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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), is an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing either all at once or over a few days. SSHL typically occurs due to underlying issues with the sensory organs of the inner ear. People with SSHL can discover the hearing loss upon waking up in the morning, when they try to use the ear (use a phone), and/or notice an alarming "pop" just before their hearing changes.

People with SSHL may also notice one or more of these symptoms:

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Head Injury & Audiology

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Alyse Stempel, AuD, CCC-ADoctor of Audiology Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a brain injury resulting from an external physical force to the head, that occurs suddenly and causes damage to the brain. This is typically caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or a hit to the body that causes the head to move quickly back and forth, causing the...
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Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

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Nosebleeds may be an occasional / seasonal symptom you or your child may experience, or a problem that happens on a regular basis. There are different types of nosebleeds and different remedies. It is important to identify which type of nosebleed you may be experiencing, to help you treat it properly. There are Anterior and Posterior nosebleeds, bo...
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Parenting - Child Development Milestones

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You may be asking yourself why an Ear Nose and Throat group is discussing Child Developmental Milestones? These milestones are important growth steps for any parent to recognize in their children. Parents sometimes may get anxious to see certain development in their kids, but not be informed enough to know what is considered a milestone of developm...
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Rising Spotlight: Dr. Daron Smith From Queen City Ear Nose and Throat Discusses Sinusitis

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Are you dealing with a stuffy nose, headaches, or pressure? Dr. Daron J. Smith, MD from Queen City Ear Nose and Throat discusses with WCCB Charlotte CW's Derek James about sinusitis and treatment options that can help with your sinus discomfort. Dr.Smith has a fantastic reputation for successfully treating and relieving patients in the Charlotte/ M...
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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a very common condition which at some time affects 40 Million Americans and chronically affects 3 percent of the population. There are two main categories of tinnitus: Pulsatile and Nonpulsatile. Nonpulsatile tinnitus is most commonly associated with hearing loss (often noise exposure) although there is a large component of tinnitus whi...
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Pediatric OSA

Childhood snoring is a very common and prevalent condition. However less appreciated is the presence of obstructive sleep apnea. The peak incidence of childhood OSA is between the ages of 3 and 6 however obese children may present sooner. Aside from obesity, associated conditions include: Enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, Down's Syndrome, Nasal obs...
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